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#94 of 168 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan - When I Use the Turn signal the dashboard power dies. [handyman49]
Jun 14, 2009 (1:57 pm)
My problem is finally solved. Under the main fuse box, in the engine compartment, there was a plug-in for all the wires connecting to it. A friend of mine, who knows his way in electronics, found that that plug-in was severely corroded. When he tried to clean the corrosion, my PW's and heater blower stopped working. I bought a new fuse box, which is very expensive, and now everything works again. I would just like to know why would the Chrysler engineers decide to install electronics exposed to the elements. It was a stupid decision taken by them...
#95 of 168 2000 Plymouth Voyager- Instrument Panel Craziness and OBD not communicating
Jul 05, 2009 (7:39 pm)
I have scanned through the messages of related problems, but none are quite exactly the same of what I'm experiencing.
My 2000 Plymouth Voyager's instrument panel has been doing weird stuff lately. The speedometer often will go flat, as well as the temp. and fuel gauges (although not always together, often it is the speedometer alone). My odometer often will blank out as well or get brighter, and my seat belt sign will come on at times.
This is were it gets interesting... If I have my foot on the gas for some time, the gagues may go flat, but as soon as I lift my foot off the gas pedal all the gauges come back on! Also, if the gauges go flat while I have the vechile in park, as soon as I shift it into a gear all the gauges come back on again.
Hitting the dash does not bring the gauges back on- either they come on again unprovoked, or I use my shifter or gas pedal trick as mentioned above.
I don't mind this so much, except when I took the van in for emissions inspection, it could not pass because the OBD stopped communicating. The inspector stated it started to communicate, but when the gagues went flat the communication connection failed. I wonder if this is all related some how. But how? Is it the Instrument Panel Cluster, the BCM, or the PCM? I have limited time as I need to get this reinspected soon. Please help! (Also, the other day my rear windshield wiper came on just once all by itself. Wierd. Is all this related, or am I dealing with a plethora of problems?)
#96 of 168 Re: 2000 Plymouth Voyager- Instrument Panel Craziness and OBD not communicating [cardisciple]
Jul 18, 2009 (6:49 pm)
Well, I tried a BCM (same part number) I got from a scrap yard, as well as a cluster from a scrap yard, but niether of these fixed the problem. I also found that when I shake the van I can get the gauges to come back on, but shaking the van cannot cause the gauges to go flat. I am not sure how this is all connected: Shifting the gears has an effect (particularly shifting into reverse); turning the stearing wheel while the van is in park also have proven to bring the gauges back; and as I stated in the previous post, while driving if the gauges go flat I can let my foot of the gas and they come back. What's the connection (no pun intended). I need to figure this out asap!
#97 of 168 Re: 98 Voyager Dashboard Issues SOLVED [98voyager1]
Jul 20, 2009 (3:42 pm)
Do you know of anyone in the Winston Salem, NC area that knows about this problem and recommend someone?
#98 of 168 98 Caravan won't start
Jul 31, 2009 (9:46 am)
Dash lights, fan, radio, remote lock all work. Battery and starter have been tested good. Nothing happens when ignition key is turned. I suspect the engine imobilizer or the BCM. Does anyone have a suggestion? Can the imobilizer be reset? Does the BCM need to be replaced?
#99 of 168 2002 Dodge Caravan - When I Use the Turn signal the dashboard power dies.
Aug 03, 2009 (11:19 am)
I myself own a 2002 Dodge grand caravan sport like preacher1120, and I have the exact same problem as preacher1120 and handyman49.
Now, my instrument cluster and upper panel are completely dead. It would somewhat try to reboot itself after a while on the road, but simply go back dark in a matter of seconds.
I was wondering if you had found any other alternatives than changing the fuse box.
I also checked the single black wire connected on the frame as stated by rbergstrom, but its all good.
#100 of 168 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan - When I Use the Turn signal the dashboard power dies. [moloch]
Aug 03, 2009 (11:33 am)
Hi there moloch. Apparently, it is the connector under the fuse box that gets full of corrosion. One of my friends tried cleaning it, but it caused more problems. The replacement of the fuse box is the only solution. A cheaper solution would probably be to find one in a scrap yard. The symptoms you are describing are exactly the same as in my van. I just wish that I had changed that fuse box first. Good luck.
#101 of 168 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan - When I Use the Turn signal the dashboard power dies. [handyman49]
Aug 03, 2009 (11:36 am)
thank you handyman.
I guess I will check the local scrap yards tomorrow and hope to find a good looking fuse box. In the mean time, I will try to remove it and check for signs of corrosion in the connectors to the fuse box.
#102 of 168 Re: 2002 Dodge Caravan - When I Use the Turn signal the dashboard power dies. [moloch]
Aug 03, 2009 (1:06 pm)
I removed the Fuse box and noticed many prongs with nasty corrosion buildup. I cleaned them up the most that I could, also used some dielectric grease, unfortunately, no success.
However, judging by corrosion in there, it is a highly probable cause for the source of the problem.
I will try again with a used if possible fuse module or new if needed. I will keep you posted.
#103 of 168 03 dodge grand caravan
Aug 07, 2009 (6:48 pm)
The gas hand and tempature gauges work but the odometer don't move. It is setting below zero, it use to set right at zero. What is wrong with it, should I change the whole instrument panel?